Just back from the Think and Drink event at rontoms. Good-sized crowd, people engaged and good spirited. Began by asking people to pair up and have a conversation while one person concentrated on intentional listening - curious, non-judgmental, present.
Got back together and discussed the state of advertising. Asserted that we are moving towards a post consumer economy, where experience trumps advertising, and successful brands - or, stories - deliver meaning and connection.
After more small group conversation, closed with Graves/Cowan/Beck/Wilber's Spiral Dynamics model as context for my opinion that culturally we are moving into the yellow meme, where the best of all levels is synthesized.
Good event I think, as people seemed energized afterwards. I enjoyed seeing Jim and Harriet, Alan from W+K, Dave Allen, Randy Gragg, Laura from the Oregonian, Brian Setzler, Miriam Feuerle, Miles, Courtenay, Phil Busse, Sarah G. The OCH gang is cool. Interesting mix of old and young people. Afterwards an older man said to me as he was leaving, putting his hat on, Good job, young fella.